Wellington City, with a population of 200,100, is New Zealand’s capital city and the seat of government.

The national importance of Wellington City is illustrated in its pivotal infrastructure linking the region with the rest of the North Island, the South Island, and overseas. For example, Wellington’s airport is the country’s busiest domestic airport, while the port carries considerable volumes of freight and passengers. Wellington is also the nexus of State Highways 1 and 2 as well as commuter and long-distance train lines. A substantial proportion of those who work in Wellington city commute from outside the city.

Recent and proposed future development sees an increase in high-density inner city living. Wellington city functions as a major population centre and the headquarters of many services and businesses for the lower North Island.

Access to, from and through the city is crucial. Wellington’s key role in politics, business and transport faces a number of threats from a range of natural hazards. The most notable hazards are the active fault lines that pass through or near the city. A major earthquake would damage many valuable assets and isolate the city, while a tsunami generated by such an earthquake could cause damage all around the Wellington harbour.

On this page you can find:

List of community emergency hubs in Wellington City

Information about the tsunami risk to Wellington City

Community Emergency Hubs

Community Emergency Hubs are about the community coming together to do what it can to help each other - people helping people with what they have available.  

See a map of the region's hubs

Hub Name Venue Address Hub Guide
Aro Valley Aro Valley Community Centre 48 Aro St
Berhampore Berhampore  School 105 Britomart Street
Brooklyn Brooklyn School 58 Washington Avenue
Churton Park Churton Park School 90 Churton Drive
Clifton Terrace Clifton Terrace Model School 15 Clifton Terrace
Crofton Downs Crofton Downs Primary School 21 Chartwell Drive
Greenacres Greenacres Primary School 60 - 62 Raroa Terrace, Tawa
Grenada Village Grenada Village Hall 2 Mandeville Crescent  
Haitaitai (North) Haitaitai School 2 Arawa Road
Haitaitai (South) Kilbirnie School 72 Hamilton Road
Houghton Valley Houghton Valley School 110 Houghton Bay Road
Island Bay Island Bay School 6 Thames Street
Johnsonville Johnsonville School 10 Morgan Street
Johnsonville (West Park) West Park School 97 Broderick Road
Karori Karori Recreation Centre 251 Karori Road
Karori West Karori West Normal School 19 Allington Road
Kilbirnie Wellington Masjid (Mosque) 11 Queens Drive
Kelburn Kelburn Normal School 16 Kowhai Road
Khandallah Cashmere Avenue School 110 Cashmere Avenue
Linden Linden School 58 Ranui Terrace
Makara Makara Model School 399 Makara Road
Miramar Miramar Community Centre 27 Chelsea Street
Mount Cook Mount Cook School 160 Tory Street
Mount Victoria and Oriental Bay Clyde Quay School 27 Elizabeth Street
Newlands Newlands  School 200 Newlands Road
Newtown Newtown School 16 Mein Street
Ngaio Ngaio School 45 Abbott Street
Northland Northland School 14 Harbour View Road
Ohariu Ohariu Village Hall 583 Ohariu Valley Road
Redwood Redwood School 71A Redwood Avenue
Roseneath Roseneath School 13 Maida Vale Road
Seatoun Seatoun School 59 Burnham Street
Strathmore Strathmore Park Community Centre 108 Strathmore Avenue
Tawa Tawa School 6A Oxford Street
Thorndon Thorndon Primary School 19b Hobson Street
Wadestown Wadestown Plunket Clinic 117 Wadestown Road
Worser Bay Worser Bay School 168 Seatoun Heights Road


Tsunami risk to Wellington City

The coast and harbour of Wellington is vulnerable to a possible tsunami, and it is important to know what to do.

If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute OR strong enough that it’s hard to stand up, then get to high ground, out of all zones (past the blue line), as soon as the shaking stops!  
If there is an official warning, then evacuate from the zones (red, orange or yellow) stated in the warning.


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While our  website has virtually unlimited capacity and will continue to operate at high speed even when under heavy load, the mapping system above may not be available as it uses data from outside our system. If it is slow to load then there are detailed downloadable maps of the Wellington City tsunami evacuation zones maps available:

Link to the Wellington City tsunami evacuation zone pdf maps